Penn State opens Advanced Mfg. & Innovation Center

July 22, 2016 - 07:00am

Penn State Behrend’s new Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation Center, a $16.5 million, 60,000-sq.-ft. building, will house Penn State Behrend’s mechanical engineering program, the college’s largest major, in terms of enrollment, and the industrial engineering program. It provides space for 27 faculty offices, five classrooms and two specialty work areas: a 25-seat engineering design lab, configured for light-duty shop work by first-year students; and a collaborative project room for senior design teams, featuring high-end computers with advanced graphics cards. The new space also expands the college’s Advanced Manufacturing Lab, which includes a servo-hydraulic test system, a Stratasys 3D printer, an oven that can heat metals up to 2,000 degrees and a Tinius system that can apply 120,000 pounds of tensile strength – a weight equivalent to 20 sport-utility vehicles.

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Related Glossary Terms

  • tensile strength

    tensile strength

    In tensile testing, the ratio of maximum load to original cross-sectional area. Also called ultimate strength. Compare with yield strength.


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